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    (Tug Boat) VALIANT
    This tug was built by a modeler in Bristol during the early 1960's it was given to me at the Abergavenny Steam and vintage show in 2016 by the makers grandson who told me it had been on display in his mums house from 1970 when his grandad died till 1987 when she died then put in his parents attic till it was given to me. it had a couple of holes in the hull and the upper works had been broken so required fixing. not having any pictures I used all the original bits that came with it so I hope it looks as it should. it's made mostly from balsa with some wooden bits and replacement planking from coffee stirrers otherwise all original. it requires 2 x 12v 7ah lead acid batteries and about 5 kilograms of ballast. (Silver Sand in 500grm packs). On the only test run I've managed to tow a 16 foot fishing boat with three men on my local fishing lake. (Motor: 540) (ESC: MTroniks Viper marine) (8/10)
    (Tug Boat) Emanuel
    Built in 1954 by my Grandad. Construction is Bread and Butter in Balsa originally a free sail model but now converted to RC. 27mhz.was given to me on my 5th birthday. Not sailed for over 25 years, but now happy sailing for short runs as prop shaft leaks slightly. (ESC: Mtronics Viper Marine 20amp) (8/10)
    (Other) project X
    Given as project, no known details of origins as yet. (Motor: Ripmax) (ESC: Viper Marine) (5/10)
    (Working Vessel) Rust Bucket
    This is my latest restoration project. its built completely of metal and is in a terrible condition although the hull seems to be water tight. The motor and prop-shaft and prop is listed in a BASSETT LOWKE catalogue dating from 1936, so the boat age is unknown but my guess would be late 30's to 1950. All guesses acknowledged. (Motor: BASSETT LOWKE) (5/10)
    (Pleasure Craft) FAIREY HUNTSMAN (KATHY'S CLOWN)
    Just rescued from ebay seller who had it in storage since he inherited it in 1976, it was Fairey Huntsman, scratch built sometime in early 60's by his father who used to sail it near Manchester. its fitted with a SANWA 2F-2M RC system which seems to be still functioning. I will be doing restoration over the next few months, as there are a few cracks showing along most of the seems and I will need to sand and seal and repaint. (Motor: Marx) (ESC: Speed King) (5/10)
    (Pleasure Craft) sea scout
    This boat was one of my dads from the late 1950's. It's an aerokits sea scout. Now fitted with a MabuchI motor of unknown power, but undergoing test running with 6 Volts, seem more than adequate, Belt drive to propshaft. (Motor: Mabuchi) (5/10)
    (Pleasure Craft) MV Caroline
    This model is a scratch built 1/15th scale model of an Ocean going pleasure craft built in 1964 by my late father. it was originally powered by a large bosch windscreen wiper motor, but has been replaced with an MFA RE 800 stock motor running from 12V sla battery. Dry weight 13.2 Kilos. Last sailed in 1992 on open sea at Aberystwyth, I was on my dads fishing boat watching as dad sailed her the full length of the south beach and back into the harbour. Now ready to relaunch on Saturday 10th June 2017 at WMBC open day. (Motor: MFA . RE800) (ESC: Fusion Aquapower AQP128) (9/10)
    (Fire Boat) Mk2 firefloat 93
    This boat was originally built with my dad's help (mostly him), in about 1959/60 my first powered model and originally had a small diesel engine (E.D.I Think.)And no radio gear. But now fitted with electric motor and radio gear with working monitors and lights.hope to finish restoration in time for spring launch. (Motor: Mannesmann Clash21 ) (ESC: Mtronics sport tuned 20) (8/10)
    Recent Posts
    πŸ“ new year
    18 days ago by Colin H ( Commander)
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    It's the end of a bad year for me, I finished my antibiotics yesterday so at least I can toast the new year with my Xmas present, a 12 year old single malt.
    So I raise a glass to all modellers around the globe especially those who have had a bad year.
    To better health and better weather for boating. "SLANGE"
    Cheers Colin.
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    πŸ“ Merry Christmas and a happy new year.
    26 days ago by Colin H ( Commander)
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    Ti's the time to be grateful for all our gifts and gestures of good will.
    So here is a wish for all modellers to have great Christmas and look forward to a better new year. At least there's no shortage of water.πŸ€—
    Cheers Colin.
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    πŸ“ Graupner Closing
    2 months ago by Colin H ( Commander)
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    Sad news indeed, maybe someone will buy it and rescue the brand.
    Cheers Colin.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Supplies Arrived!
    2 months ago by Colin H ( Commander)
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    Hi Ed, when I was at the Warwick boat show I was talking to the guys on the Howes Model supplies stand about the F14, and they assured me that if you purchase the marine version in 2.4ghz everything works and even the expansion modules,
    I will have to check with Futaba as I was going to order one for myself as a Christmas present.
    Thanks for the heads up.
    Cheers Colin.

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    πŸ“ Re-purposing an old Hull.
    2 months ago by Colin H ( Commander)
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    Hi Doug, thank you for your sympathy, it's all down to walking the dog in the fog. But on the mend now.
    The grandson doesn't have a phone, and I believe the school does not allow phones.
    But as soon as they have something they want to put into wood I will be able to photograph it.
    As for your generous offer of rc setup I know that they already have 27mhz and 2.4ghz systems donated by me and another child's parent.
    I am sure that it won't be long before I can get pictures of the progress.
    Cheers Colin.

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    πŸ“ Night Watch
    2 months ago by Colin H ( Commander)
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    Porridge, I agree that it is an essential part of life, as for cooking methods I'm willing to try them all.
    Back in the 60's I was going out with a girl from Burrow Head on the West Coast of Scotland.
    I stayed with her family a couple of times and her dad used to do a 20 gallon couldron full every Sunday, we all had a bowl with a spoon of honey, the rest was poured into trays lined with grease proof paper and stacked in the larder.
    Then each morning it was sliced and we had it grilled with butter or fried with streaky bacon and egg and mushrooms, with a great splodge of brown sauce.
    I wasn't keen on the grilled version but the fried was lovely.
    I suppose its a bit like marmite you either love it or hate it.
    Cheers Colin.

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    πŸ“ Re-purposing an old Hull.
    2 months ago by Colin H ( Commander)
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    Sorry for the lack of updates on this subject but I have been ill with a chest infection so haven't been able to get back to the school yet.
    My son is coming to visit tomorrow and will hopefully bring me the latest news.
    Apparently the class have now decided on the superstructure above deck level and they want to be able to change the whole topside allowing them to have 2 models for 1 Hull.
    I hope to have more details tomorrow, cheers Colin.

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    πŸ“ Night Watch
    2 months ago by Colin H ( Commander)
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    Well Nerys, if Caroline says she can't use my tools then I get her some she can use, earlier in the year our son needed some welding doing on his Mercedes after a pothole ripped his front suspension out, problem was I only had industrial equipment that was too big to take to the car. So on the understanding that I teach her to weld she bought us a portable gasless mig welder.
    She can now lay a fair weld with mig, a usable weld with my old stick welder and is now learning to braze and gas weld with my oxy acetylene kit. I may even become redundant in my own workshop as she can already use my combination mill/lathe and pillar drill. She now wants a lightweight router as mine is just too heavy for her modelling, I'll have to ask santa.
    Cheers Colin.

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    πŸ“ Night Watch
    2 months ago by Colin H ( Commander)
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    Hi Martin, I bought my wife some power tools as she always moaned about mine being too heavy. Now she has a scroll saw, bandsaw, model makers lathe and other small cordless items such as sander, drill, plus a variety of normal modelling hand tools.
    At least I can now always borrow her tools.
    Cheers Colin.
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    πŸ“ Gauteng Model Boat Club
    2 months ago by Colin H ( Commander)
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    Some great looking boats, your members are a bunch of very accomplished modellers. Thank you for sharing with us. Mere mortals.
    Cheers Colin.
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    πŸ“ Night Watch
    2 months ago by Colin H ( Commander)
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    Well Ken, I suppose Welsh Dragons are intelligent enough, just hope they can understand English as I have only trained the Australian ones so far.
    Maybe I should ask Nerys to teach me Welsh.
    Cheers Colin.
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    πŸ“ Night Watch
    2 months ago by Colin H ( Commander)
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    As a Dragon master I find my Dragon Roxy moves fastest on wild Italian Rocket. But the odd cat can help with digestion.
    Cheers Colin.

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    πŸ“ Getting stern right
    2 months ago by Colin H ( Commander)
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    Hi Ron, sorry I wasn't able to help you.
    Cheers Colin.
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    πŸ“ Getting stern right
    2 months ago by Colin H ( Commander)
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    Hi Ron, have you googled her name, it comes up with all 3 guises of the Miss Katherine.tug, prior to her being named that.
    Maybe some pictures of her in navy form that might help.
    Cheers Colin.
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    πŸ“ Warwick Model Boat Show.
    2 months ago by Colin H ( Commander)
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    Hi Ken,
    I live just outside of Hereford off the Brecon Road.
    I'm a member of the Worcester model boat club, but only get to sail 3 or 4 times a year on the club waters.
    There's a lake about 500 yds from my home that I have used occasionally but the access isn't easy with my bigger boats unless I have a helper. (Sugwas Pool Country Park).
    In the summer months we try to go to the vintage and steam shows if they have a model section and usually take 20 to 30 boats for my display. Along with my wife's model vintage vehicle display.
    But an invitation like yours and Nerys is too good to pass up.
    Cheers and hope to see you soon, happy sailing Colin.
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    πŸ“ Warwick Model Boat Show.
    2 months ago by Colin H ( Commander)
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    Sounds like a date girl, and I think Caroline would like to meet you as well, we usually have our picnic stove and associated items in the car on our boating days. Looking forward to seeing you both.
    Cheers Colin.

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    πŸ“ Warwick Model Boat Show.
    2 months ago by Colin H ( Commander)
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    Thanks Ken, I'll have to add it to the boat calendar, where is the sailing location.
    I almost forgot congratulations on the promotion.
    Cheers Colin.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Texaco tanker (North Dakota)
    2 months ago by Colin H ( Commander)
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    We tend to be a bit lively of thought as our bodies slow down.
    That is if its a memory lane
    Wander.
    Cheers Colin.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Model boat's push tug
    2 months ago by Colin H ( Commander)
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    Good progress, keep it up matey.
    Cheers Colin.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Texaco tanker (North Dakota)
    2 months ago by Colin H ( Commander)
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    It's that thing that keeps swallowing my money. But living in the sticks I need it.
    Only wish the wife could drive.
    Cheers Colin.
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    πŸ“ Canal Boat
    2 months ago by Colin H ( Commander)
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    Hi Sidley,
    Try Googling british narrow boat designs. There's a lot of full size plans and layouts out there, one is www.narrowboats.org
    If you can't find what you want let me know and I'll look for you.
    Cheers Colin.
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    πŸ“ Canal Boat
    2 months ago by Colin H ( Commander)
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    Superb boat, is it 1/12th scale.
    Hope to see the final stages of the build.
    Cheers Colin.
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    πŸ’¬ Re: Texaco tanker (North Dakota)
    2 months ago by Colin H ( Commander)
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    It's not so funny when you can't remember where you parked the car.
    Cheers Colin.

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    πŸ’¬ Re: Texaco tanker (North Dakota)
    2 months ago by Colin H ( Commander)
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    Not to be outdone esso gave stick on bullet holes.

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    πŸ“ Warwick Model Boat Show.
    2 months ago by Colin H ( Commander)
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    That's a wonderful idea Nerys.
    Let me know the dates and I will try to fit it into my diary.
    Cheers Colin.
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    πŸ“ Warwick Model Boat Show.
    2 months ago by Colin H ( Commander)
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    Hi Nerys,
    I'm sure we'll meet up soon, Barry isn't so far away.
    I have to go to Newport on Tuesday to see the surgeon who did my knee, I have been having a couple of problems with it, so he wants to have a look to see what is wrong.
    Luckily my knee doesn't affect my ability to work on the modelling, just arthritis, eyes and memory problems. But having a wife who loves to get involved with the modelling helps no end.
    I look forward to seeing you and your models, bye for now, cheers Colin.

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    πŸ“ Warwick Model Boat Show.
    2 months ago by Colin H ( Commander)
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    Hi Nerys,
    sorry we missed you, problem is that I didn't know what you looked like.
    We thoroughly enjoyed the day, got a few bits for the grandsons boat.
    I was really inspired by the model barge owners display, and they were very helpful in giving me advice and they were the only stand that had free information booklets. Likewise my wife was truly impressed by the friendly team.
    The only other really helpful team was knightcote MBC. They offered me help with my vintage rc equipment.
    If only I had found you I'm sure we could have managed a chat over a cup of tea. I take it Alice was with you to stop you straying off with anyone.
    The one thing that keeps me modelling is my grandson's imagination. I don't know how he thinks but he has some wonderful ideas, especially with building stuff in lego and meccano.
    Got to go wife's calling, it's dinner time. By for now, cheers Colin.

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    πŸ“ Modified Figures.
    2 months ago by Colin H ( Commander)
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    Hi Pete, thanks been there, but it seems that the type of plastic that doesn't seem to stick with any type of glue. Even solvent plastic weld.
    Cheers Colin.
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    πŸ“ Re-purposing an old Hull.
    2 months ago by Colin H ( Commander)
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    Hi there Martin, I had a meeting with the headmistress yesterday, and I have to wait till the board of governors make a decision, until then I can't name the school or the children, but am allowed to repot on the progress.
    Week 1, first sketches hung in the classroom and surprisingly they all have a similar profile. Boys seem to want police type boats, girls preferred things like coastguard and rescue boats.
    Week 2(next week) they will be trying to make card superstructures and trying for fit and look. There will be 4 groups, so 4 potentiall models, as the whole top, deck up will be lift off.
    I have made the under deck supports, and 4 blank decks in 3mm ply for them to use.
    Further updates next weekend.
    Cheers Colin.

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    πŸ“ Warwick international boat show
    2 months ago by Colin H ( Commander)
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    Yes Martin, sounds like a plan, just hope I'm still able to drive. Or win the lottery. (then buy myself a lake with a large barn alongside to use as a boat build and store facility.)
    Joking aside it was a great day and I will certainly try to get there again.
    Cheers Colin.
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